Karolin Krell works within the physical support team at the London Contemporary Dance School (LCDS) and is a One Dance UK nominee and award winner in 2018 and 2019.
As an already qualified physiotherapist I wanted to enhance my hands-on manual skills and treatment approach. However, the fact that I saw an osteopath when growing up for various sports injuries probably also made me interested in osteopathy.
I studied and specialised further at University College London (UCL) with a postgraduate Master’s Degree in Performing Arts Medicine (MSc. PAM). It was here that I developed and grew my understanding of the diverse requirements for the performing arts community and unique skill set each performer, genre and style utilises to achieve the greatest performance levels while adapting to the challenges each has to overcome.
Movement is an exquisite interplay between expression of form and integration with ones’ surroundings.
It’s been an interesting journey for me to study abroad, I came to study at the BSO and stayed in London since. I thoroughly enjoyed to study with so many like-minded colleagues at the BSO, the oldest and largest osteopathy school in Europe.
My career path
In 2016, I presented at numerous international conferences my research study in Performing Arts Medicine. Including the Performing Arts Medicine Association’s (PAMA) annual conference in New York City, Los Angeles and at the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS) conference in Hong Kong. I was also recognised for my engagement at these conferences and was awarded the prestigious BAPAM Shipley-Rudge Research & Education Award.
I am a clinic tutor on the faculty at the British College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM) in London and works across private practices in London. Seasonally, I works as part of the touring medical team for the German National Rowing Team and National Triathlon Team. In 2016 she was part of a group of osteopaths that set up the Osteopathic Performing Arts Care Association (OPACA).
Who I work with
At the LCDS I aim to support dancers, and aid in their abilities to perform well – they have a demanding schedule and as such acute injuries can occur due to fatigue and overstrain from overuse.
When working with the athletes on the German National teams the focus is primarily on the individual athletes goals and maintaining their physical health so that they may perform at peak fitness levels consistently.
In private practice I see more varied presentations, such as chronic conditions and treatment is often focused on maintaining health with a pre-existing musculoskeletal condition or injury.
The best thing about being an osteopath is
For me my job is extremely rewarding, we can help so many people to facilitate their health and well-being.
My advice to those wanting to study osteopathy…
Go and shadow osteopaths at their practises!